Need to break down some walls between the state and Federal recognized tribes

Dear Editor,

We understand the history and reasons for “Federally” Recognized Tribes, the Treaties and responsibilities of the Federal Government.

Also, we understand that there are many people who want to be “Indian” and are not by blood, heritage and family relationships. There is, indeed, conflict between those who are Federally recognized and those who are legitamately recognized by States and State's Indian Commissions.

However, we would like to suggest that there might be some dialogue between those who are State and those who are Federally recognized. Dialogue and respect.

We'd like to see the wall broken down between the two. Just to give an example, there are eight State recognized tribes in the State of Alabama. One, the Poarch Creek, is recognized by the Federally Government.

There are some very good reazons for this. Among the reasons are that many of the Cickamauga Cherokee, Creek, some Choctaw fled the army to hide in the rural areas of Alabama and other states and, according to many factors, such as skin color, were able to "blend" in with the "mainstream" society. There are other viable reasons for being State recognized, too.

Coming from the grassroots people might be a beginning. Thus, hopefully, help foster a better working relationship and working towards unity.

We all need one another.


John GrosVenor

Echoat Cherokee/Chickasaw /Choctaw

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Gerri GrosVenor

Enrolled Yankton Sioux.

Also Wintu and Wailaki descendant